Current Lab Members

Justin Kitzes
Justin KitzesAssistant Professor
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I am a spatial ecologist and conservation biologist interested in how habitat alteration affects biodiversity at large spatial scales. I also have a specific interest in the development and use of bioacoustic survey methods.
Lauren Schricker
Lauren SchrickerGraduate Student
Lauren is a Ph.D. student leading our field work on landscape-scale bird and amphibian distributions.
Tessa Rhinehart
Tessa RhinehartGraduate Student
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Tessa is a graduate student (and former staff programmer) working on community analysis, bird call classification software, and statistical models.
R. Patrick Lyon
R. Patrick LyonGraduate Student
Pat is a graduate student working on monitoring and evaluating the effects of habitat restoration in Pennsylvania forests.
Sam Lapp
Sam LappResearch Assistant
Sam is a staff researcher working on our bird and frog call classification models, recorder hardware design, and open source software.
Louis Freeland-Haynes
Louis Freeland-HaynesResearch Assistant
Louis is a staff researcher working on our bird call classification models and open source software.
Lauren Chronister
Lauren ChronisterResearch Assistant
Lauren is a staff researcher (and former undergrad researcher) assisting with our fieldwork and bird song classifiers.
Interested in our work? We often have openings for undergraduate students, graduate students, programmers, and postdocs to join the lab. Learn more about joining us, and get in touch!

Lab Alumni


  • Trieste Devlin, Research Assistant

Undergraduate Students

  • Sagar Vellalath, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tiger Wu, University of Minnesota
  • Talia Piretra, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lauren Chronister, University of Pittsburgh
  • Anna Lippert, University of Pittsburgh
  • Madeline Hice, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sarah Heise, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jiade Song, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jack Challiet, University of Chicago
  • Tanvi Merengenti, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lydia Zimmerman, University of Pittsburgh
  • Aaron Lauer, University of Pittsburgh
  • Madoc Smith, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kyle Walters, University of Pittsburgh